Polluted River: DA wants answers

Jacques Smalle

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

The Department of Water Affairs must be held accountable for the acid mine water that recently polluted the Paul Kruger National Park in Phalaborwa.

It is believed that the polluted water from the nearby mine in Limpopo contains a high levels of heavy metals and salts.

This water polluted Selati River and already killed a massive number of fishes.

It is clear that the department does not do regular inspections in the rivers adjacent to the mines.

According to the National Water Act , the department should have a monitoring system of water resources in all the rivers.

The DA is of the view that this could have been prevented if the Water Affairs Department did it’s job and put measures in place to monitor the mines operating near the rivers.

We call on the Department to come up with plans and a strategy they will use to prevent this disaster with immediate effect.

The DA will also submit written questions to the Minister of Water Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, to get a thorough explanation about her department’s failure to monitor the mines operating adjacent to the rivers.